Rafael Nadal still optimistic about French Open chances despite Rome Masters loss

World number one Rafael Nadal remains optimistic about his chances of winning a ninth French Open title despite posting four consecutive losses to rival and world number two Novak Djokovic. The most recent defeat came at last Sunday’s Rome Masters title.

“Two weeks ago, my chances to play well in Roland Garros were not very high,” said Nadal. “But I will arrive now more encouraged.”

Nadal had a sub-standard European clay season compared from previous years. He lost in the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. However, he won his 27th Masters title in Madrid and a runner-up finish in Rome.

“I’m very proud about this week,” Nadal said. “I earned 600 points. I was able to play in another final here. I was able to compete well against Novak, probably one of the best players of the moment. I was able to play well against tough opponents like Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov.”

“My feelings are better now than one week ago. Each week of the clay season got better for me. I hope to be ready.”

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